The bottom line is clear: Our vital interests in Afghanistan are limited and military victory is not the key to achieving them. On the contrary, waging a lengthy counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan may well do more to aid Taliban recruiting than to dismantle the group, help spread conflict further into Pakistan, unify radical groups that might otherwise be quarreling amongst themselves, threaten the long-term health of the U.S. economy, and prevent the U.S. government from turning its full attention to other pressing problems. -- Afghanistan Study Group

Friday, November 27, 2009

War News for Friday, November 27, 2009

ISAF suffered no fatalities in the last 24 hours.

Iraqi Lawmakers Hunt for Election Compromise:

Pak Taliban regrouping in remote South Waziristan:

RIGHTS: U.S. Military Unveils New Prison in Afghanistan:

US troop surge to destabilise Balochistan: PM:

Taliban Open Up Front in Once-Quiet Afghan North:

Reported security incidents

#1: A civilian man was killed and three others wounded on Thursday evening when a sticky explosive charge attached to a vehicle went off in northern Baghdad, an Iraqi police source said. “The improvised explosive device went off as the vehicle was passing on a street in al-Sayediya district, southern Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding three others who were on board,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A driver was wounded when an adhesive bomb that was stuck to his car detonated in Athemiyah neighborhood in northeast Baghdad around 11 a.m. Thursday.

Diyala Prv:
#1: An official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) who was running for the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Saadiya, was assassinated with an improvised explosive device that went off right out of his house on Thursday, a local police source in Diala province said. “The PUK bureau official Raheem Agha Bakhtiyar, who ran in Saadiya, Khanaqin district, was killed when an IED went off in front of his house,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: An Iraqi soldier who was on a leave of absence and clad in civvies was shot dead by gunmen fire in northern Mosul city on Thursday, a local police sources said. “Unidentified gunmen boarding a vehicle in al-Hadbaa neighborhood, northern Mosul, opened fire at an Iraqi soldier who was on a leave of absence from his military unit, killing him instantly,

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Pakistani forces killed 15 militants in the lawless northwest of the country, a security official said on Friday, as part of a campaign Washington hopes will help it defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan. Militants in the Khyber area, part of a region regarded as a global militant hub, have been carrying out attacks on Western forces' supplies to Afghanistan and bombings in Pakistan, the Pakistani military says. "The security forces have besieged an important stronghold of the militants in Khyber and have taken control of all exit and entry points into it," said Frontier Corps paramilitary force spokesman Major Fazal-ur-Rehman. "During the action, 15 militants were killed and many were injured...fighting is still continuing."

#2: NATO-led forces have found a foreign helicopter which crashed in eastern Afghanistan earlier this week, the alliance said on Friday. The helicopter had been chartered by Netherlands-based catering and logistics contractor Supreme Global Services from a firm called Airfreight Gulf, according to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). "ISAF forces have helped identify the crash site in eastern Afghanistan of an MI-8 helicopter missing since Monday night," ISAF said in a statement on Friday, referring further enquiries to Supreme Global Services. A spokesman for Supreme declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding the helicopter crash or whether there were any casualties.

#3: A planted remote control devise went off, killing an anti-Taliban leader in northwest Pakistan's tribal area Friday, local TV channel reported. Sources said that the improvised explosive device planted by unidentified miscreants near a mosque in Bajaur Agency went off suddenly when the tribal leader Malik Shah Pur along with local people were exchanging Eid greetings after the Eid prayer, the private TV Express reported. Malik Shah Pur were killed on the spot and three others were injured.

#3: Militants in the adjacent tribal region of Mohamand also abducted another anti-Taliban tribal elder, Ameer Saiyed, late Thursday after storming his house and killing his son, Hazrat, local official Jawed Khan said.Authorities found the father's body Friday near his home in Wali Kor village, the official said.

#4: An Afghan-Canadian academic who returned to Afghanistan to serve as governor of the volatile Kandahar province survived an assassination attempt today. Tooryalai Wesa, who lived in Coquitlam, B.C., before he was appointed to the post late last year, was on his way to a mosque for prayers marking the Muslim holiday of Eid. Zelmai Ayubi, a spokesman for Wesa, says a remote-controlled roadside bomb detonated as the governor's three-car convoy passed through the centre of Kandahar city. Ayubi says Wesa's vehicle was damaged in Friday's attack but the governor was not hurt.

DM: Konstabel Kenneth Patrick Nielsen